July 09, 2018: SOAP #3140: Micah 1-4; Hebrews 6
Scripture: Micah (NIV) 4:11 But now many nations are gathered against you. They say, “Let her be defiled, let our eyes gloat over Zion!” 12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, he who gathers them like sheaves to the threshing-floor.
Observation: Down through the years, many nations have wanted to wipe the nation of Israel off the map. Even today, nations that surround Israel do not acknowledge that Israel should have a homeland. They do not know God’s thoughts. They do not know that God has claimed Israel for His purpose. God’s love for Israel is greater than their hate. God takes their hatred against Israel as personal, which puts them in a very bad place. But the truth also is: God loves the individuals in those nations with the same love He has for all individuals. He paid the same price for their salvation as He did for every individual in the world. (John 3:16) Anyone from any nation can become God’s child through faith in Jesus’ death as payment for their sins.
Application: I should not claim to know everything about anything until I know what God thinks about it. My final answer about any matter must include God’s input.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, you have the mind of Christ. So, put a hold on my tongue when I start to speak in error. (1Corinthians 2:15) I need you to guide my thoughts. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!